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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to boast area-type fingerprint reader like Apple’s Touch ID

By April Taylor , Jun 13, 2014 07:27 AM EDT

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet will reportedly launch with a fingerprint sensor on board, according to a new report.

With the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S now official, the rumor mill is again turning toward the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 4. The next-generation flagship phablet from Samsung is expected to boast notable improvements over its predecessor and rock high-end specs and features all around, including a fingerprint sensor for extra security.

Judging by Samsung's most recent product launches, this claim doesn't seem farfetched at all. The company first launched its Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone with a fingerprint reader embedded into its home button, and now it has just unveiled its latest Galaxy Tab S tablet duo, which also come with fingerprint readers.

Biometric technology seems to be a must-have for new high-end devices, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to follow this trend. Unlike the fingerprint reader found on existing Samsung devices, however, the Galaxy Note 4 will reportedly boast an area type sensor similar to Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

"According to an anonymous 'industry watcher' cited by the Korean media, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is expected to be launched in September during IFA 2014, could take advantage of an area type fingerprint sensor, similar to Apple's Touch ID scanner," GforGames notes, citing a report from the Korea Herald.

When it comes to hardware specifications, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to sport a 5.5- or 5.7-inch QHD display with a high resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and come with two processor options. One version will reportedly pack a Samsung Exynos 5433, while the other will rock the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core chipset.

The next-generation Galaxy Note phablet should also come with at least 3GB of RAM on board, if not a heftier 4GB. The current Galaxy Note 3 already boasts 3GB of RAM and a downgrade is highly unlikely for its successor.

Other rumored specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 include a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front shooter, and Android 5.0, which is expected to debut later this month at the Google I/O 2014 conference.

All of these specs, however, are based solely on leaks and speculation, so it is best to take everything with a grain of salt until Samsung offers some official confirmation.

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